Mark Allen's Masters title defence ends at first hurdle

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Mark Allen
Mark Allen fell at the first hurdle in the defence of his Masters title on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman made a significant career breakthrough at the Alexandra Palace a year ago when he beat Kyren Wilson for a first Triple Crown win.

However, Belgian Luca Brecel ensured he would not defend the trophy, beating him 6-5 in a high-quality opening match of the 2019 tournament.